Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement creates lasting connections among Suffolk University, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations. We support projects that serve community-identified needs and enrich our students’ education.

Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement at Suffolk University has adopted the following definition of community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

Service Learning

Drawing on the combined resources of the local and Suffolk communities, we forge and maintain long-term partnerships that engage our students in service and social action. Sign up here for service opportunities.

Service learning is one of the most popular ways that Suffolk students come together to enhance the lives of others and enrich their own education. Combining community service with classroom study, students dive into projects ranging from teaching English as a second language (ESOL) to tutoring to soil sampling to serving the needs of the homeless. Find out more about Service Learning.

Other Ways to Make a Difference


Jumpstart puts Suffolk students in preschool classrooms to help low-income children.

Community Service

Community service opportunities and educational programs happen as recurring events, one time special events, and school break travel opportunities.

Student Leadership

Suffolk has relationships with Greater Boston non-profit organizations, and supporting service learning projects.

Community Partnerships

We have community partnerships with organizations throughout Boston and beyond. Mutual projects support the community and contribute to the education and experience of our students.